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Photos: Britain celebrates Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she watches from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Color ceremony.
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Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she watches from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Color ceremony.

Updated June 4, 2022 at 9:01 AM ET

Huge crowds converged on London for four days of public events to mark Queen Elizabeth II's historic Platinum Jubilee.

At 96, the queen is celebrating 70 years on the throne — the most of any British royal, including her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.

The royal family attended the National Service of Thanksgiving on June 3rd to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen at St. Paul's Cathedral.

Here are some scenes from the day.

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<strong>June 3:</strong> Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Camille, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the National Service of Thanksgiving to Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen at St Paul's Cathedral.
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<strong>June 3:</strong> Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Camille, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the National Service of Thanksgiving to Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen at St Paul's Cathedral.
<strong>June 3:</strong> British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the National Service of Thanksgiving to Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen at St Paul's Cathedral.
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<strong>June 3:</strong> British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the National Service of Thanksgiving to Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen at St Paul's Cathedral.
<strong>June 3:</strong> The Coat of Arms of HM Queen Elizabeth II hangs off the trumpet of a State Trumpeter at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral.
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<strong>June 3:</strong> The Coat of Arms of HM Queen Elizabeth II hangs off the trumpet of a State Trumpeter at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral.
<strong>June 3:</strong> Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving to Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen at St Paul's Cathedral.
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<strong>June 3:</strong> Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving to Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen at St Paul's Cathedral.
<strong>June 3:</strong> Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L) and Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales arrive to attend the National Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen's reign at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London.
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<strong>June 3:</strong> Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L) and Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales arrive to attend the National Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen's reign at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London.
<strong>June 3:</strong> Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral.
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<strong>June 3:</strong> Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral.
<strong>June 3:</strong> Charles, Prince of Wales arrives at St Paul's Cathedral to attend Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen's during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London, United Kingdom.
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<strong>June 3:</strong> Charles, Prince of Wales arrives at St Paul's Cathedral to attend Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen's during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London, United Kingdom.
People pack the Mall as the British Royal family appears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Color ceremony in London.
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<strong>June 2:</strong> People pack the Mall as the British Royal family appears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Color ceremony in London.
Fighter jets from Britain's Royal Air Force fly in formation to form the number 70 over a Buckingham Palace balcony following the Trooping the Color parade, as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
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<strong>June 2:</strong> Fighter jets from Britain's Royal Air Force fly in formation to form the number 70 over a Buckingham Palace balcony following the Trooping the Color parade, as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The 124 Gun Salute at Tower of London takes place as part of the Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Color.
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<strong>June 2:</strong> The 124 Gun Salute at Tower of London takes place as part of the Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Color.
Members of the British Army's Household Division take part in the Trooping the Color parade in London.
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<strong>June 2:</strong> Members of the British Army's Household Division take part in the Trooping the Color parade in London.
The red arrows fly over the crowd as they wait for the royal family to appear on a Buckingham Palace balcony.
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<strong>June 2:</strong> The red arrows fly over the crowd as they wait for the royal family to appear on a Buckingham Palace balcony.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, in his role as Colonel of the Irish Guards, rides his horse along the Mall during the Royal Procession ahead of the Trooping the Color parade.
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<strong>June 2:</strong> Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, in his role as Colonel of the Irish Guards, rides his horse along the Mall during the Royal Procession ahead of the Trooping the Color parade.
Britain's Prince Charles (left), Prince William (center) and Princess Anne (second from right) leave Buckingham Palace on their way to the queen's birthday parade.
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<strong>June 2:</strong> Britain's Prince Charles (left), Prince William (center) and Princess Anne (second from right) leave Buckingham Palace on their way to the queen's birthday parade.
Spectators line the Mall as they wait for the Trooping the Color ceremony.
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<strong>June 2:</strong> Spectators line the Mall as they wait for the Trooping the Color ceremony.
The British Army's Household Division Foot Guards march during the queen's birthday parade.
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<strong>June 2:</strong> The British Army's Household Division Foot Guards march during the queen's birthday parade.
Unable to access the Mall and the Trooping of the Color ceremonial event that coincided with the queen's Platinum Jubilee, Londoners gather in Trafalgar Square.
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<strong>June 2:</strong> Unable to access the Mall and the Trooping of the Color ceremonial event that coincided with the queen's Platinum Jubilee, Londoners gather in Trafalgar Square.
Here's a look at Prince Louis on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
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<strong>June 2:</strong> Here's a look at Prince Louis on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Members of Band of the Household Cavalry take part in the Queen's Birthday Parade.
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<strong>June 2:</strong> Members of Band of the Household Cavalry take part in the Queen's Birthday Parade.
People celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee at a street party in Colombia Road, Tower Hamlets, in London.
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<strong>June 2:</strong> People celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee at a street party in Colombia Road, Tower Hamlets, in London.
A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II hangs in a shop window in Colchester, England.
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<strong>June 2:</strong> A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II hangs in a shop window in Colchester, England.
The Duke of Gloucester, Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra, Duke of Kent, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Princess Royal, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince George, Prince William, Countess of Wessex, James Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor, and Prince Edward seen at Buckingham Palace.
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The Duke of Gloucester, Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra, Duke of Kent, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Princess Royal, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince George, Prince William, Countess of Wessex, James Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor, and Prince Edward at Buckingham Palace.